Welcome to Heavenly Yarns!

The Heavenly Yarns storefront

Our shop at 133 High St. in downtown Belfast (click to zoom)


A selection of tweed yarns on sale this month (click to zoom)

A selection of tweed yarns on sale this month (click to zoom)

Tweed Yarn Sale

This month, all of our tweed lines are on sale from 20% to 40% off.

Yarns that are 20% off are:
Croft Shetland Tweed (aran)
Encore Worsted Tweed
Plymouth Homestead Tweed (heavy worsted/aran)
Queensland Rustic Tweed (dk)
Rowan Felted Tweed (sport/dk)

30% off lines are:
Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal (sport)
Tahki Donegal Tweed (heavy worsted)
Tahki Zona (aran)

40% off lines are:
Berroco Tuscan Tweed (worsted/heavy worsted)
Rowan Hemp Tweed (chunky)


The Wool Addicts yarn line (click to zoom)

The Wool Addicts yarn line (click to zoom)

New Yarns

September is the month that new fall yarns are arriving and being displayed in our shop. Please stop in and see what is new.

One yarn line that is very new for us is Wool Addicts by Lang Yarns. This line has yarn gauged in five weights: fingering, heavy worsted/aran, aran, chunky and super bulky. (We aren't currently stocking the super bulky, but can order it for you.) Each yarn weight has its own fiber content and texture, yet is pulled together by the same colorways: neutrals with a splash of aqua, blush and gold. A pattern book with designs that are somewhat simple, yet sophisticated, supports this yarn.

If you can't come in to see this great yarn line in person, view it at Wool Addicts. We'd be happy to mail a project to you!


Aisling, an easy-to-knit shawl pattern, in Trendsetter's Gomitolo Versione (click to zoom)

Aisling, an easy-to-knit shawl pattern, in Trendsetter's Gomitolo Versione (click to zoom)

Super Sized Skeins

You will notice in our shop that many yarn companies are putting out super sized skeins of yarn -- 200 grams or so. For some knitters or crocheters, this makes it an easy-to-think-about project: grab a skein and make a shawl, super sized scarf, a hat and mitt set, etc. (And admittedly, it is nice to have a continuous flow of yarn while working on a large project.) Because the colorways of the yarns are interesting, you can work on an easy project and have a rewarding result.

We knit up Aisling, an easy-to-knit shawl pattern using Trendsetter's Gomitolo Versione. This is a 763-yard skein of a self-striping, worsted weight yarn in a 60%wool/40% acrylic blend. We also have giant skeins from Noro and Berroco.

The pattern is free on Ravelry and can be used with any yarn by just adjusting needle size.


Four of our new totes, guarded by a fleecy friend (click to zoom)

Four of our new totes, guarded by a fleecy friend (click to zoom)

Totes

We have new totes in the shop which we love! They are a perfect size for a knitting project and almost everything else. Plus, they are sturdy enough to stand up by themselves.

They are designed and managed in Maine, but sewn by family out of state. We are impressed by the choice of fabric colors and designs, and the quality of the fabric used in these totes. They retail for $44.00.


The Belfast Pullover (click to zoom)

The Belfast Pullover (click to zoom)

Good Karma Sweater

As many of you know, we love Good Karma Farm. At Good Karma Farm, they raise the animals, process and spin the fiber into yarn, and dye it as well.

They are lending us a sweater model for a few weeks. It is called the Belfast Pullover. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, but it is free when you buy the yarn to make the pullover! We will have enough skeins in a few colorways for you to knit this modern classic. If you have time, you can visit Good Karma Farm nearby for an expanded selection of colorways.


Fiber College of Maine (click to zoom)

Fiber College of Maine (click to zoom)

Fiber College

Fiber College of Maine, an annual fiber festival which celebrates the fiber arts in all forms returns September 5-9. Play, learn, smile and share the joy of making in the September sunshine, on the beautiful Maine Coast among organic gardens and live music. Everyone is welcome -- whether you carefully choose a single class, pack your weekend with everything that fits, or come only with the goal of sitting and soaking up the atmosphere.

In addition to the workshops and booths, A La Carte classes (formerly known as "rolling classes") are offered, one-hour sessions with no pre-enrollment requirements, designed to give you a taste of something new. Walk around Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Shopper's Boulevard Hours and choose what makes you smile. Your first class is free on Saturday and Sunday! ($10 gate fee will apply.) Classes are $20 each and material costs are minimal. Classes are appropriate for every age and ability level.

And enjoy these other special events:

Wednesday evening: Dinner and drinks with a South American flair
Wednesday evening: Laverne Waddington, weaver and world traveler
Thursday evening: First Timer's Reception, Wear Your Art Cocktail Party, Teachers' Show and Tell, and Trunk Show
Friday: Maker's Market: $10 tables, live music and free entrance for everybody!
Saturday: Student Show and Tell, and Cocktail Party, and a Pie Supper
Saturday evening: Slide show and Why Craft Matters talk moderated by Katharine Cobey
Saturday and Sunday: Weave a room-sized potholder rug with Crispina ffrench
Free demonstrations throughout the weekend

For more information, visit Fiber College of Maine.


A sample of the luscious hand-dyed roving, from a local sheep farm in the Machias area, which will be at the Festival, ready to spin (click to zoom)

A sample of the luscious hand-dyed roving, from a local sheep farm in the Machias area, which will be at the Festival, ready to spin (click to zoom)

Machias Fiber Festival

The first annual Machias Fiber Festival will take place on September 15, from 9 am to 3 pm, at the Lee/Pellon Center, 90 Main St., Machias, Maine. Free admission and parking.

Many fiber artists in downeast Maine practice traditional crafts, including knitting, crocheting, spinning and rug hooking. The event will be held in conjunction with the Machias Harvest Festival, which boasts delicious food, exciting vendors and activities for both adults and children. Come celebrate the closing of another beautiful Maine summer, and stock up with yarn and classes against the coming winter months.

Festival features include:
Many fiber vendors
Fiber demos
Live animals
Knit and spin lounge
"Doctors are in" (help with your knit/crochet project)
Knit/crochet classes
Fiber-related raffle
Historical handcraft display

For more information, phone 207-259-6165 or find them on Facebook.


Will Passy Pete predict six more weeks of summer? (Belfast Maine Rotary Club photo)

Will Passy Pete predict six more weeks of summer? (Belfast Maine Rotary Club photo)

Passy Pete

Will Passy Pete predict six more weeks of summer? Find out on Labor Day (Monday. September 3), at 10 am, in Heritage Park, Belfast.

On Labor Day, according to Belfast, Maine tradition, Passy Pete the Lobster emerges from his cove in the Passagassawakeag River and predicts whether or not summer will last. Passy Pete, short for Passagassawakeag Pete, will be plucked from a trap in the river during a 10 am ceremony on Labor Day on the Belfast waterfront at Heritage Park. The Belfast Barons, dressed in tuxes and top hats, lead the lobster to shore, where The Maine Lobster will select one of two scrolls with his claws. Two business owners, David Crabiel and David Brassbridge, came up with the eccentric idea as a way to have fun. Join in on Labor Day to learn what Passy predicts.


The home of Waldo County Emergency Management Agency, at 4 Public Safety Way, Belfast

The home of Waldo County Emergency Management Agency, at 4 Public Safety Way, Belfast

Emergency Preparedness Fair

If an emergency or disaster strikes, will you be prepared? To address this question, a Waldo County Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 9 am to 2 pm, at the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast. The event features preparedness presentations, displays, vendors and door prizes, and free ice cream, garden vegetables, and an on-site lunch fundraiser (while supplies last). Free admission and free parking.

For more information, email emadirector@waldocountyme.gov or visit Waldo County EMA.


Margaret Geller, Einstein surfing on a gravity wave, and Scott Kenyon

Margaret Geller, Einstein surfing on a gravity wave, and Scott Kenyon

Would Einstein Get a Job Today?

A special Shop Talk (part of the free public monthly lecture series sponsored by the Old Professor's Bookshop) will be presented on Saturday, September 8, at 3 pm, Would Einstein Get a Job Today?

The event will feature Margaret Geller and Scott Kenyon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Acting as a proposal review committee, astrophysicists Margaret Geller and Scott Kenyon present a skit to try to answer the question: Would Einstein, a maverick scientist in his time, be able to get a job today? The audience gets to answer the question too.

The Old Professor's Bookshop is located at 99 Main St., Belfast. For more information on this talk, or the Shop Talk series in general, phone them at 207-338-2006.


Maine Wienerfest 2018

Maine Wienerfest 2018

Wienerfest

Maine Wienerfest is a celebration of dachshunds and the people who love them! Now in its 15th year, the event will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 11 am-3 pm at the Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast.

Maine Wienerfest originated as an informal picnic and gathering for families who lived with these adorable, tiny dogs. Gradually, it grew to include other activities with the number of dogs and dog lovers increasing each year. This year, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center continues the tradition with all proceeds benefiting the shelter.

In addition to the picnic social, organized events include a Grand Parade of Dachshunds, Canine Costume Contest and a Doxie Derby. There will be also be a Wiener Cook-off Contest and raffle opportunities!

The Maine Wienerfest will be held rain or shine with gates opening at 10:30 am. Admission is $3 for adults, free for children (12 and under) and dogs. Food and pet-related vendors will be available on-site.

For more information, visit Maine Wienerfest.


Belfast Dental Care(s) Day -- because we all need a lift now and then!

Belfast Dental Care(s) Day -- because we all need a lift now and then!

Belfast Dental Care(s) Day

On Friday, September 14, from 8 am to 5 pm, at 19 Fahy St., Belfast, Belfast Dental Care is providing their third annual day of free dentistry to Maine residents who do not have dental insurance. Registration begins 7:30 am and ends after the maximum possible patients are registered. Patients* will receive, on a first-come-first-served basis, one free procedure per person -- one filling, extraction or cleaning -- at no charge. Parking near the office will be limited. Patients may not park in the hospital lot.

*Ages 5 and above. Proof of age and residency required. Minors must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Photos of patients will be taken for ID purposes. Patients may be asked to sign a consent or release. Actual treatment provided will depend upon the health of the patient. Spaces are limited. Belfast Dental Care reserves the right to determine or refuse treatment.


Baron Wormser (photo courtesy of the author)

Baron Wormser (photo courtesy of the author)

The Wages of Modernism

On Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 pm, Elizabeth W. Garber and Baron Wormser will give a joint reading/discussion on The Wages of Modernism at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

This past spring, Wormser came out with a book of portraits, Legends of a Slow Explosion: 11 Modern Lives, and Garber published Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect's Daughter. For this talk they will each read from their books and talk about what the modernism of the second half of the twentieth century was about, particularly on a personal, individual level.

Wormser is the author of 15 books, including the novel Tom o' Vietnam and the memoir The Road Washes Out in Spring. He was the poet laureate of the state of Maine from 2000-2005.

Garber is the author of three books of poetry, True Affections: Poems from a Small Town, Listening Inside the Dance and Pierced by the Seasons. She was the Belfast Poet Laureate from 2006-2008.

The talk is free and open to all. For more information, phone the Library at 207-338-3884 ext.10.


Belfast Senior College's fall session starts September 20

Belfast Senior College's fall session starts September 20

Senior College

The fall session of Belfast Senior College begins Thursday, September 20. Classes run for six consecutive Thursdays, ending October 25. All classes are offered at the Hutchinson Center on Route 3 in Belfast. Be sure to order your text(s) or materials at least two weeks in advance. You may register: 1) online; 2) by submitting a printed form by mail, or 3) in person at the Senior College Office.

You must be a member of a Maine Senior College to take a course. The membership year runs from August 1 to July 31. Annual membership is $25.00, September 1 thru August 31 (fee waived in summer). Six-week courses are $35.00; four-week courses are $30.00, and one- or two-day courses are $20.00. Please note that you are now responsible for purchasing text(s) or materials required for your course.

For more information, phone 207-338-8033, email info@belfastseniorcollege.org or visit Belfast Senior College.


The Library's Teen Photography Contest deadline is September 21!

The Library's Teen Photography Contest deadline is September 21!

Teen Photography Contest

The Belfast Free Library is holding a photography contest for area teens! Three teens will win the opportunity to be Artists of the Month and have their photographs displayed in the Barbara Kramer Gallery for November. Teens enter by submitting one photo in print form. The photo must be ready to hang in the BFL Teen Room by the contest deadline, September 21. Belfast photographer Rachel Epperly will serve as judge. For more information, phone phone the Library at 207-338-3884 ext. 24.


The Game Loft: Kids in community

The Game Loft: Kids in community

Game Loft Anniversary Raffle

The Game Loft 20th Anniversary Raffle will run through September 20. The winner will be drawn on September 21. $20 per ticket, drawing limited to 200 tickets. Win a framed Neal Parent print signed by the artist (shipping and handling included). Tickets can be purchased at: All About Games, The Game Loft or The Treasured Leaf Tea Shop. For more information, phone 207-338-6447 or email info@thegameloft.org.


Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County to hold fall training

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County to hold fall training

Fall Hospice Training

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County will hold their fall training on Thursday evenings, 6-9 pm, September 25 through November 13, plus one Saturday, September 29, 9 am-3 pm. Train to help support patients and families facing terminal illness and loss. Cost $65.00. Scholarships available.

HVOWC offers end-of-life and bereavement support to anyone in Waldo County at no cost. For more information, phone 207-930-2677, email hvowc1@gmail.com or visit HVOWC.


Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Our Shipping Policy

Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.

At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.

By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)